# Boost my chances?

1. Jun 4, 2010

### lufbrajames

Boost my chances???

Hi

I'm in the UK and I'm taking a Bachelors in Materials Science, but after graduation I hope to do an MSc (master of science) post graduate degree. My course lacks some physics content (relativity, particle physics, quantum mechanics, etc) but covers most solid state physics topics, as well as crystallography, microstructure, polymers, and steels. I have some basic maths courses but I can't say how they relate to physics course maths content. The description of my maths courses is:

Maths 1:

Module content:
Number system: numbers, algebra and geometry, representations of numbers, definition of errors.
Functions: inverse and composite functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, circular functions, exponential, logarithmic and hyperbolic functions, continuous and discontinuous functions.
Complex numbers: the number j, real and imaginary parts, manipulation of complex numbers, Argand diagram, polar form of a complex number, Euler's formula, De Moivre's theorem.
Differentiation: basic ideas and definition, elementary functions, rules of differentiation, parametric and implicit differentiation, higher derivatives, optimum values.
Integration: basic ideas and definition, definite and indefinite integrals, techniques of integration, integrals of partial fractions, integration by parts, integration by substitution.
Vectors: Physical meaning, components, magnitude, scalar product, cross product, Equations of lines and planes.

Maths 2:

Linear Algebra: simultaneous equations, Gauss elimination, matrices, rules of matrix algebra, rank and linear dependence, calculation of determinates and eigenvalue problems.

Functions of more than 1 variable: visualisation, partial differentiation, integration of lines, surfaces and volumes.

Sequences and Series: review of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, limit of a sequence, infinite series and tests of convergence, power series of common functions.

Ordinary differential equations: classification of differential equations, solutions to first order ODE's including separable, linear and more specialised types. Solution to second order ODE's with constant coefficients.

I was wondering what people's suggestions would be to catch up on the essentials for physics, would it be maths content I should concentrate on?

Thanks

Jim

EDIT: I want to do the MSc in Theoretical Physics.

Last edited: Jun 5, 2010